Proto-Phototexts of the 19th century
by Federica Chiocchetti
As the PhD research on the History of Phototexts in Theoretical Perspective continues and evolves into a curatorial project and a publication, I am delighted to share a number of intriguing ‘proto-phototexts’ of the early days of photography.
Hercule Florence, Masonic Diploma, photographic copy, Brazil 1833
William Henry Fox Talbot, Copy of a stanza from the “Ode to Napoleon” in Lord Byron’s hand, photogenic drawing negative, UK prior to 4 April 1840
Henry Collen, Chinese characters of the Treaty of Nanking, photographic copy for the Queen, UK 1842
Anna Atkins, British Algae: Cyanotypes Impressions, hand-lettered preface text, UK 1843
William Henry Fox Talbot, Fac-simile of an Old Printed Page, Plate IX, The Pencil of Nature, UK 1844-45
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